Undermining Australia's Way of Life
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SECTION ONE: CULTURE
The Australian nation has produced a wide range of unique poets, authors, literary legends, artists, scientists and inventors, cultural icons, rebels, heroes and heroines, recreational activities, sports, music, entertainers and characters, colloquialisms, and an identifiable style of language; we have developed a distinct national character and ethos.
Our national identity and culture arose from among those Australians (especially the native-born) who saw this country as their home, loved it as their own, and drew their inspiration from it.
ONE CULTURE OR MULTICULTURALISM?
Today "our" Government is telling us that this nation is to have a new culture: institutionalised multiculturalism. This is a result of the mass importation of the world's cultures, via immigrants who are no longer encouraged to join the mainstream of Australian culture.
Multiculturalism always produces a situation where group "rights" will conflict with individual rights. Multiculturalism is making us into a colony of all nations, rather than providing us with a sense of community.
Clearly, multiculturalism has violently failed wherever in the world it has been tried: the U.S.S.R., Ireland, Lebanon, Fiji, Uganda, Singapore, Israel, U.K, India, Spain, Sri Lanka, Yugoslavia, and the U.S.A.
One hundred years ago our forebears resisted the concept that Australia was only a new (inferior) version of England. Now the cultural cringe has re-surfaced with the cry "Australia is a part of Asia"; yet Australia is no more a part of Asia than Africa is a part of Europe - historically, geographically, and culturally we are unique.
Our culture and its values need support. Destroy a culture and you destroy a people. This is well known to Australians who have seen the near destruction of Aboriginal culture. We cannot undo history, but we can learn from it.
SECTION TWO: THE ENVIRONMENT
The Australian Conservation Foundation has stated that "Even the present population is rapidly degrading the environment and is therefore not sustainable in the long run".
Only 10% of our total land area is suitable for agriculture.
66% of Australia's cropland has already been degraded by erosion, compaction, acidification, and rising salt levels. Soil degradation is a continuing process due to our overuse of the land.
Thus - with soil erosion; salinity problems from irrigation and tree removal; acidification; and encroaching urbanisation - the agriculturally suitable land area and its fertility can be expected to decline.
Consider just some of the ecological problems produced by immigration- induced population pressures:
1) One-half of our nation's top soil has been lost by erosion and continuing unsustainable agriculture.
2) Australia's greatest river system, the Murray/Darling, is being turned into a polluted drain with salts from adjacent irrigation areas. It is likely to be a dead eco-system within 40 years.
3) Our wet-lands, rivers, and seas are being polluted and destroyed.
It is essential that we see that the rapid environmental destruction of our urban and rural environments is a consequence of the pressure of our rapidly increasing population.
Most migrants will come to the major cities. This is already seriously lowering the quality of life in our cities as their pollution and congestion increases with the cities' sprawling size and high density living.
The pressures on water supply and the increasing demands for transport, roads, sewage disposal, and energy supply will be extreme and expensive as our cities grow up and out.
Real Estate prices will hugely increase, pricing young people out of the home market. We will see urban consolidation (crowding), a lower standard of housing, and Australian families will face the problems of raising children in a high density pressure-cooker environment.
We cannot be expected to believe the promises of politicians and bureaucrats that their so-called "better planning" will ease the strains which an increasing population will inevitably place on our natural environment and urban infrastructure.
We cannot solve the world's population problem (there are an extra 95 million people born into the world every year!) but we can escalate the damage being done in Australia, with no global benefit.
SECTION THREE: THE ECONOMY
With soil degradation and erosion, our agricultural resources are likely to diminish and, in fact, additional millions of migrants will consume much of what otherwise would have been exported. This ultimately results in less export income.
Our increasing population has little effect on manufactured exports but does increase imports, consequently making us poorer as a nation.
Also, the ecological damage caused by large-scale immigration is huge, and will get worse - sooner or later, we are going to have to repair that damage, and the resulting cost will be enormous!
Most immigrants to Australia will live in the major cities. They will generate some extra economic activity there, especially in the construction of housing, roads, etc., but the capital channelled into these activities could be more productively employed in increasing investment in equipment, machinery, training, and jobs for the present Australian work force.
Australia's population has grown rapidly since World War Two and we have had to invest in providing basic services for more and more people, rather than better services, education, and technical equipment for a stable population. Currently, we are not even adequately maintaining existing services.
Pro-immigration politicians, businessmen, and bureaucrats are confidently telling us that immigration will economically benefit Australia; but this is untrue - and indeed the opposite applies: The larger the population, the lower shall be our standard of living.
Immigration reduces our capacity to be self-reliant, by adding pressure on natural resources and scarce investment capital which must increasingly come from international sources, hence escalating the already dangerously high levels of foreign ownership; which enables foreign influence, control, and manipulation of Australia - its people, economy, and government. We need to consolidate our skills and our investment capacity and not disperse our limited resources in servicing needless growth.
THE ECONOMIC COST OF IMMIGRATION
To maintain our standard of living with the projected doubling of our population, we will need to double the number of houses, schools, universities, hospitals, shops, factories, power plants, waste disposal systems, dams, sewage disposal mechanisms, and transport systems. In other words, re-build Australia within 40 years!
Add to this the cost of social services: pensions, unemployment benefits, medical services, legal aid, child endowment, education expenses, and transport concessions. To continually expand such physical and economic infrastructure to support a huge expanding population puts an enormous financial burden on the existing community. Research puts the cost of the immigration programme at $15 billion annually.
To finance such new infrastructure will require immense capital borrowings, which we shall bequeath to our children in the form of a national debt that they shall never be able to overcome.
SECTION FOUR: DEFENCE
The belief that a large population was necessary for defence drove Australia's immigration programme after World War Two.
Times have changed. Today's defence needs require a sophisticated military infrastructure and a strong economy. We need a professional, well-trained, mobile, technologically advanced force with access to sophisticated weapon systems.
Beyond this, we need a united purpose and sense of community to oppose an enemy. A rapid migrant intake will diminish these qualities, introducing divided loyalties and undermining a central commitment to Australia.
The 1987 Government Policy information paper The Defence of Australia states: "No population increase is necessary for defence and the dangers of a nuclear war or terrorism are not averted by an increased population."
Clearly our defence needs are unrelated to population increase.
SECTION FIVE: HUMANITARIANISM
There are approximately seventeen million refugees in the world today and any refugee intake programme could never be more than a token gesture. At the moment we take one-tenth of 1% of these refugees. Huge amounts of money is currently being spent on them, for their needs and subsequent problems. It is idiotic, if the Australian Government is actually "fair dinkum" about helping refugees, to go to such great effort and to spend such huge amounts of money on this 0.1 % of refugees, when that same amount of money (or even a half of it) could help a thousand times more those 99.9% of refugees left behind (we should bear in mind that the Australian dollar squandered here can actually buy a lot more in poor Third World countries).
The importation of refugees is creating social disunity and upheaval - and is an integral part of the destruction of Australia's national and cultural identity. This is why most true Australians don't want our nation to be turned into a "refugee dumping ground".
SECTION SIX: HEALTH
There are many diseases being introduced into Australia: T.B., leprosy, and parasitic diseases; but these are controllable, treatable, and not of long term significance.
Hepatitis B, however, is a severe new disease being brought into Australia from Asia and, unlike the common Hepatitis A, results in chronic illness, chronic carrier status, and large numbers of deaths.
Hepatitis B is endemic in Africa and Asia. Over one billion people have been infected. This results in two million deaths per year and a carrier population of 200 million people, i.e. one person in six. Carriers, though being healthy themselves, are always infectious.
The mode of transmission of Hepatitis B is similar to that of AIDS, but is one hundred times more infectious, and spreads in a non-sexual fashion within families, between children in situations where oral spread is likely, and to non-immune individuals in close contact with large carrier populations.
Ten years ago, Hepatitis B was a very rare disease in Australia, but it is now estimated that 20,000 cases occur in Australia every year. Acute deaths per year are less than 1% of the total number of cases, probably 20 to 100 deaths per year, but later deaths occurring over the next 40 years are in the order of 500, i.e. 520 deaths will result from the 20,000 cases of Hepatitis B which have occurred this year.
The costs, beyond those of vaccination, of this growing epidemic are estimated in the order of hundreds of millions of dollars per year.
The Australian Government knowingly, willingly, and without concern for the non-immune Australian population, has brought massive numbers of Asian migrants into Australia, of whom approximately 1 in 6 is a carrier of a very severe and frequently fatal disease. Apparently, the Government's immigration programme is of more importance to our politicians than the lives and actual deaths of Australian citizens.
SECTION SEVEN: EDUCATION
1. The presence of non-English speaking students in general classes unavoidably slows teaching, leading to educational problems.
In primary and secondary schools, education is difficult for teachers and pupils when students do not have command of the English language and this places stresses, within a classroom situation, on all students.
2. Overseas students are now migrants in-transit (these students are now encouraged to stay, or return to Australia, at the completion of their courses). In effect, they are getting educational preference over local students.
3. Importing highly skilled migrants lessens the need to train our own students, thus damaging our long-term national education and training abilities.
By importing highly skilled migrants, the need to train our own is reduced. We must become, and remain, self-sufficient - and stop looking beyond our own shores and our own people.
We have a clear choice:
We can accept increasing immigration with the consequent exploitation of this land, and a falling standard of living and quality of life; living in crowded, polluted, high density cities, with over-taxed recreational areas and inter-communal tensions. The economic consequences of increasing foreign debt, foreign ownership, and undesirable, unsustainable economic expansion will destroy any chance of maintaining the best features of Australian life as we know it. And, as migrant numbers increase, there will be an escalating push for an ever higher migrant intake which eventually will be unstoppable. The end result for the Australian people will be a very low standard of living (the "poor White trash of Asia"?), and the complete destruction of our unique national identity and culture.
We can stop mass immigration and attempt to live in harmony with our fragile environment, creating an economically and environmentally sound, self- reliant and self-sustaining community, maintaining our quality of life, and handing on to future generations a country which will be cherished, enjoyed, and free from the problems of over-population.
3rd July 1998
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